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Women’s wrap: Lehigh routs Mount St. Mary’s, 16-4, in opener

Sunday, 21st February 2010

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 2/21/10

Lehigh’s women’s lacrosse team opened the 2010 season in style on Saturday afternoon as the Mountain Hawks raced past Mount St. Mary’s, 16-4, at the Ulrich Sports Complex.

Senior Inneke Carmola and junior Lauren Dykstra scored four goals apiece for the Brown and White, while freshman Anna Patterson added two scores and an assist as the Mountain Hawks won their ninth consecutive season opener.  Esther Rufolo netted a hat trick for the visitors (0-1).

Lehigh dominated the Mountaineers in every statistical category, outshooting the visitors 36-9 and picking up 32 ground balls to Mount St. Mary’s 15.  Junior Allison Thomas (Conestoga) led the Brown and White with six ground balls and added two goals and two assists, while freshman Julie McBrien and sophomore Lauren Murray scooped up five apiece.  McBrien and classmate Kenzie Dambach caused two turnovers each while Kelsy Ferris got the start in goal and sent back two shots before giving way to freshman ML DiNisco who played the final 20 minutes.

Jackie Kearney led the visitors with five ground balls, while Cait Fraccalvieri and Meaghan Conlon scooped up two each.  Fraccalvieri led the Mountaineers with two caused turnovers, while Brigid McTavish stopped ten shots in goal.

“I thought this was a fine first effort today,” Mountain Hawks head coach Jill Redfern (Ursinus College) said.  “It was a solid team effort; we played together and we played as a unit.”  She continued, “I thought our freshmen did well for their first game.  Julie McBrien and Anna Patterson both had strong games and Inneke (Carmola) did a nice job of finishing for us.”

Lehigh jumped out to a 3-0 lead on the strength of goals by Patterson and two from Carmola just six minutes into the game.  Rufolo got the visitors on the board for the first time at the 23:27 mark of the opening half but the Mountain Hawks responded with three more goals as Thomas scored once and Carmola scored two more times.

Ashley Johnson made it a 6-2 game with her score at the 11:02 mark, but Kelly Draper, Megan Kelly and Patterson ripped off three straight for the Brown and White to push Lehigh’s lead up to seven at 9-2.  Rufolo scored just before the first half ended however to cut the Mountain Hawks lead to 9-3 at intermission.

Lehigh will be back in action next weekend when the Mountain Hawks travel to Newark, Delaware to take on the Blue Hens.  The opening face-off on February 27 is set for 1:00.

Louisville 19, Manhattan 6

Bergan Foley (Gwynedd Mercy Academy) netted four goals and scooped four groundballs and Brooke Campbell (Conestoga) added two to lead the Cardinals (2-0) to the easy home win.

Johns Hopkins 14, George Mason 7

Megan Udovich (Ridley) scored two goals and Emily Ellisen (Great Valley) added one for GM (0-2) in a losing cause.

Hofstra 21, St. Mary’s 3

Freshman Lauren Chandler (Springfield-Montco) scored three goals, Courtney O’Connor (Abington) added two goals and an assists and Casey Kellogg (Downingtown West) scored once as the Pride rolled in their opener.

Loyola 15, Virginia 11

Cara Filippelli (Archbishop Carroll) had three goals, one assist, two groundballs and a draw control as Loyola evened its mark to 1-1.



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